Safely Managing Coastal Work

The site and surrounding environment should be assessed prior to work taking place to identify the potential safety hazards.

Risk information should be collated, regularly updated and shared with the workforce and community to ensure that everyone affected is fully aware.

Each new project environment and stages of the works can pose different risks and issues.

Below is an example of how a site safely managed their coastal project to ensure the safety of the workforce and local community:

  • The high number of kite surfers was identified as a potential safety and risk problem in the area;
  • Risk reduction meetings were held between all stakeholders and options were discussed, resulting in the introduction of the ‘Go Zero and Beyond’ procedure;
  • The contractor managed, accessed and closed the beach until the tide was out far enough for safe surfing;
  • They also delivered a specific induction explaining the hazards and risks on the beach and the work area;
  • Kite surfers were issued with colour-coded rash vests indicating their level of understanding and positions of authority.

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Monitor Report, Team Van Oord, Kent, July 2015

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